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Sunday / December 10.
  • West Virginia’s Butler Suffers Torn ACL

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    INDIANAPOLIS — Da’Sean Butler’s injury turns out to be more serious than originally thought.

    The 6-7 Butler suffered a torn ACL, minor MCL sprain and two bone bruises on his left knee during Saturday night’s 78-57 loss to Duke in the national semifinals.

    The torn ACL was confirmed by a West Virginia press release Sunday afternoon.

    “That’s what they think it is. They’re reading the MRI,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said Sunday by phone. “They’re going to call me when the doctor reads the MRI.”

    The injury was originally called a “sprain” after Butler collided with Duke big man Brian Zoubek while driving to the basket. He left the game with 8:59 remaining and did not return.

    “I’ll ice it and get it checked up on later on,” Butler said after the game. “But it wasn’t that big a deal. They gave me these real cool crutches, though.”

    Butler, a Newark, N.J., native, finished as the third all-time leading scorer in West Virginia history with 2,095 points.

    He was projected as the 45th pick in the June NBA Draft, according to DraftExpress.com.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

    • I knew he tore his ACL when he hit the floor with the way his knee twisted on replay. It’s sad when something like this happens to a great kid not only on the court but off. I wish him nothing but a speedy recovery and a chance to play in the NBA.

    • It’s sad to see Butler end his great college career on an injury. I hope he makes it to the the league and has a productive NBA career